Librivox recording of Edgar Allan Poe Poems by Edgar Allan Poe.
Read by Shurtagal.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849) is widely famed as one of the greatest writers of all time. He is best known for his works of horror, such as "The Tell Tale Heart." However, and this is less known, Poe also wrote many love poems. In this collection of forty-eight poems by Edgar Allan Poe we will go through a wide variety of themes, from horror and raw creepiness in "The Raven" to pure love in "A Valentine" to depression in "Alone." Throughout all of his poems Poe kept a very strong meter and rhyme scheme. This is most obvious in "The Bells."
(Summary by Shurtagal)
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October 8, 2011 Subject:
Poe's poems are a mixture of excellent and not entirely listenable.
Poe does things which, although considered fair at the time, are thought a bit tedious by readers now. Rhyming a word with itself. Repeating lines in close pairs, that sort of thing. Some of his poems are great, and some are just structurally odd and waffly.
The read is good, provided you like a particular type of recitation. Now, I didn't, but that's an entirely personal matter of taste and not a criticism. I, personally, would have prefered a read that was slower and sacrificed metre for meaning, and did not force an alien accent where Poe has written in his own accent (When he rhymes "wane" and "again", for example, I'd prefer the pronunciation be a-gain, not ag-in.) That is, however, just me: others will disagree. The reading is clearly enunciated and it is technically fine.
I've not given a star rating, because the poetry is well done, provided you like that particular style of recitation, and Poe has some wonderful poems in among the neglibible little bits. I can't sum that up in a simple score out of five.